Unai Emery has confirmed that Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny will feature in their next fixture against Qarabag.
The Frenchman has been out of action since May last year following a ruptured Achilles in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that Laurent Koscielny is confirmed to make his return to action in their next match against Azerbaijani club Qarabag in the Europa League. The 33-year-old Arsenal skipper has been out of action since May following a serious injury as he ruptured his Achilles while playing in the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
The Arsenal gaffer, while speaking to the media ahead of their clash against Qarabag, said, “Our first aim in this competition, we have done, which was to be first in the group.” He added, “But we respect this competition and we respect Qarabag and our objective is to win and we are going to give players chances to take responsibility, take rhythm and take confidence.”
Emery also said, “Also, because we are going to play a lot of matches – in the next 10 days we play four matches, each of them very important – it is in our planning to start with Laurent Koscielny.”
the north London giants are facing an acute problem in their defence, with Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi all out with injuries, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is suspended for the Premier League match against Southampton. This would also mean that the veteran will have to feature for his side twice in four days, given their current defensive crisis.